Holiday Inn Shelter

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The Holiday Inn in South Burlington is housing 142 individuals and families (as of October 2020), making it the largest shelter in the state. We have assisted more than 250 individuals since opening the shelter in April 2020. In addition to CVOEO staff, we have 2 or 3 staff members from ANEW Place working with us daily.

(Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger)

 

Why this shelter?

Because of the pandemic, much of Chittenden County’s homeless population was moved from traditional homeless shelters, where social distancing is nearly impossible, to single hotel rooms across the state. But this was not the most efficient way to provide services beyond shelter. The state sought to consolidate the locations and contacted CVOEO in March to ask if we would manage the Holiday Inn. We accepted without wavering. 

What services are provided?

We go above and beyond providing temporary shelter. Our goal is to provide an array of services that will help residents sustain housing. 

Each resident is paired with a case manager who helps with applications for housing, food stamps and social security benefits. There are also socially-distant classes held in the hotel’s conference room on renter’s rights (through our Vermont Tenants program),  substance use, and more.

Press about the shelter

  • Milton Independent article (10/20/2020) -> Welch: "It's my job to get you the funding. It's your job to stay safe." Hotel accommodations for Vermont's homeless could end if federal funding not passed.
  • VT Digger article (10/20/2020) -> Funding cutoff looms for Vermonters using hotel vouchers during Covid-19
  • WCAX video (10/20/2020) -> Welch: Vermont homeless hotel funding hinges on stimulus deal

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CVOEO addresses fundamental issues of economic, social, and racial justice and works with people to achieve economic independence.


 

Serving more than 10,000 households annually,
impacting the lives of over 23,000 individuals